These days, many people have found themselves in a scenario where they are working from home almost exclusively. Even as things begin to improve in the workplace following the coronavirus pandemic, many are feeling more inclined to continue to work from home.
Not only does working from home allow one to spend more time with the family, perhaps have a wider range of food at lunchtimes, but by switching to home working companies can save money on office space and utilities. Furthermore, the prospect of permanently avoiding those long commutes of battling rush-hour traffic is quite tempting for a great many people.
That being said, any major lifestyle change can cause a disruption to your health. Whether it is your mental health or physical health which has taken a toll as a result of the transition to remote working, it is important to be aware of any signs that a health condition is developing.
For anyone who is now working from home and who plans to continue doing so, there are a few things you need to do which can help you to maintain your health throughout this new lifestyle change.
Attend Your Routine Healthcare Checkups
When you do not suffer from any obvious health conditions, it can be easy to neglect your routine healthcare checkups. From regular eye exams to physicals with your family physician, you might just simply feel as though checkups are not necessary. However, when you are working from home, it is important to ensure that you attend these checkups as and when they are due.
For starters, your eye health might be taking a bigger toll than usually as a result of your new working situation. Now that all of your meetings are being done virtually via video chat and your work is completed almost exclusively on your computer, your eyes are being placed under more screen strain than before.
Moreover, health conditions are more likely to be noticed if you are around others. When you were working in an office filled with people, you might have been more aware of your physical status than you are now, being at home most of the time. Seeing your doctor for routine checkups will allow another set of eyes to evaluate you for any developing conditions.
One of the dangers that some people face in regard to their health when working from home is the reluctance to take breaks. Having your work accessible at home at all hours of the day and night can be tempting to simply continue to work without ceasing. However, this can be harmful to your mental health.
For the sake of your mental and physical wellbeing, it is important that you allow yourself to step away from work from time to time. Take a designated lunch break, go for a 20 minute walk every day and make sure to end work for the day like you would have done were you leaving the office.